How do you approach the question, 'What are you gonna be for Halloween'? Nowadays there are tons of options at stores like Target, Wal-Mart and even TJMaxx! I've been making my costumes for about ten years now. No, I don't take out the sewing machine (yet!), but household items are a great inspiration for a costume. Sometimes you have to purchase one or two key items, but it helps if there is a second use for it after.
My recent costumes have ranged from gangster, construction worker, the guy from the Redbull commercial and my favorite - a Chimney Sweep! I always enjoy the challenge of avoiding the scantily clad route and instead go for creative, somewhat flattering and homemade concepts. This is usually a result of a low budget and the need to do something "different".
I was a bit weary at first about Matt's thoughts on a second hand clothes for our costumes, but after remembering he often made his costumes last minute at home with the help of his mom, I discovered he had a knack for creativity and he rocked it with confidence. Below is a photo of us at my nephews 1st birthday party as Vikings. The idea was inspired by the swords we had in the house and wanting to do something more masculine.
- Homemade costume blog - I love the scarecrow idea!
Other useful costume items:
- Wine cork - burn it over a candle and rub it on your skin to make a soot, or black smear
- Duct Tape - used as adhesive and to look like metal. Also strong to hold items together you don't want to ruin.
- Old sheets/Curtains - Can be cut up into any shape or need - Ghosts, Greek Goddess, Religion figures, etc.
- Scarfs - Can be wrapped around the neck, head or belly. Can be used for a Gypsy costume or Arabian.
- Belts - They work well for securing costumes up that don't have buttons/zippers.
- Boxes - Oh what you can do with boxes! Costume ideas include cars, house, table, sign, enlarged household items (Cereal box)
- Make-up - You can be anyone you want with enough make up! Or at least make a scarier version of your costume.
- Top hat - magician, dancer, entertainer, girl from Chicago, The Mad Hatter, etc.
Use your imagination!
My aunt does an incredible job sewing her son's costumes - including an astronaut and a race car driver uniform. It is truly impressive. You can tell she really takes her time to make it official. This guarantees her son gets a unique costume made it just for him! I hope I have the talent and energy someday to do that.
What was your favorite costume you've worn?
Please share how you went about making or choosing it!